In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin

In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin

by Ian Scott
     
 

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Because screenwriter Robert Riskin spent most of his career collaborating with legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra, Riskin's own unique contributions to film have been largely overshadowed. With five Academy Award nominations to his credit for such monumental films as Lady for a Day, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Here Comes the Groom, and

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Because screenwriter Robert Riskin spent most of his career collaborating with legendary Hollywood director Frank Capra, Riskin's own unique contributions to film have been largely overshadowed. With five Academy Award nominations to his credit for such monumental films as Lady for a Day, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Here Comes the Groom, and It Happened One Night (for which he won the Oscar), Riskin is often imitated but rarely equaled. In Capra's Shadow: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin is the first sociohistorical analysis of the Hollywood pioneer's life and work. Author Ian Scott provides a unique perspective on Riskin, his impact on cinema, and the ways in which his brilliant, pithy style was realized in Capra's films.

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"Scott makes a strong case for remembering Riskin as a talented man of strong social conscience. This detailed yet highly readable study is recommended for all cinema collections." — Library Journal

"Scott's book is important, valuable, readable, and short. Like Riskin's, Scott's writing is sharp, brief, and very much to the point." — Creative Screenwriting

"Ian Scott, like Robert Riskin, knows exactly how much to say and how much to write." — Bernard F. Dick, author of Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123905
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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